When exploring flooring options for a bathroom remodel, the first thing to look for is material that will tolerate the wear and tear of frequent and regular use and a durable material that will not tear, warp or absorb water and humidity.

If you plan to install radiant floor heating in all or part of your bathroom, you will need to consider the requirements of the system you are installing. For example, if you are installing an electric cable heating system, you will beRemodelOrMove.com: Bathroom Remodeling Workbook by Dan Fritschen restricted to tile for your floor covering. A low-voltage screen system, on the other hand, can be installed under most any floor covering material.

Carpet, because it will absorb and hold moisture, is not recommended in most bathrooms. If you have a large bathroom with an included or attached dressing area, you might be able to use carpet in that part of the room, if you have good ventilation in the bathing area.

While hardwood floors can work in a powder room, the heat, moisture and humidity in a regularly used bathroom make it a less than ideal choice. Some wood laminates can work in larger bathrooms. You will need to keep in mind that laminate is created by gluing wood to a base and then applying a sealant, so it might not work if it will get wet.

Vinyl and linoleum are excellent choices for bathroom floors because they are water resistant, they are very easy to clean and maintain and they are very affordable.

Tile is probably the most popular floor covering for bathrooms. You can choose from stone to engineered stone to ceramic tile. All of these tile materials are available in a variety of finishes, sizes and colors. Glass tile is not recommended for floors.

Bamboo and cork, although renewable materials, do not hold up well in bathrooms because of the humidity.

Concrete is another flooring option that is becoming very popular. Concrete can be made to resemble stone, and can be treated with a number of coatings.